by Howard Tsunamura, The Province 9/16/2012
W.J. MOUAT 66 at MISSION 21
MISSION — Maleek Irons has never left the fire.
The W.J. Mouat running back rushed for five touchdowns and over 300 yards Saturday as the Triple A No. 2 Hawks drubbed the Double A No. 1 Roadrunners.
Irons has now rushed for 13 touchdowns in three games.
“They were much bigger and better today,” said Mission head coach Kevin Watrin, whose team upset the Hawks in Abbotsford last season.
Hyatt Smith of the Roadrunners returned two punts of 80-plus yards for scores to keep Mission close early.
However the Hawks took over soon after.
Crysthian Rivas and quarterback Mario Narte each rushed for a pair of scores, while Clovis Lumeka turned a short pass from backup pivot Hunter Struthers into a 60-yard scoring play.
In the preseason, Mouat head coach Denis Kelly flat out stated that everything his team would achieve this season was going to come from its line play.
If anyone thought that was code for a lack of dynamic athletes at the skill position, they all know better now.
“Our outstanding linemen again set the tone with a dominant performance,” said Kelly. “Offensively they gave our backs great room to run and defensively they shut down the Mission attack with great regularity.”
Kelly is quick to admit his special teams need tweaking, especially after Mission’s Hyatt Smith returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, both covering 80 yards.
“But we were happy with our passing game,” Kelly added. “We kept Mission off balance with play action.”
Mission was able to get starting quarterback Kevin Wiens back from injury and he threw a 10-yard TD pass to Jesse Walker.
“I don’t like losing, but when you lose to a team that is clearly better, there is not much to be said,” added Watrin.
Defensively for Mouat, linebacker Taylor Hinton was welcomed back to active duty and had an outstanding game. As well, the defensive line of Nick Westad, Levi Hua, Stephen Munga and Sheriden Lawley pressured Mission quarterbacks all game long. Struthers had a great interception from his safety position.